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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Dec 23, 2011 7:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1979 Help!

I completely agree with jer's assessment of DP5, and especially of BEW. I'll take a BEW from 4/14/72, 4/1/72, 8/24/71, 2/24/74, or 5/25/74 (just to name a few) over any '79 or '83 version 9 times out of 10.

On occasion, I crave the slightly longer solos. However, those solos aren't even that much longer, and they usually come at the price of poor vocals and shitty sounding instruments. I do really enjoy some versions from '77 though such as 11/4, 5/11, 5/25, and 5/8, among some others. They really nailed that song in '77, and you won't find the poor vocals that became more prevalent with each passing year.

The pre-hiatus versions have a beauty to them that was lost with the faster tempo versions, and for me the song worked best in its early years. That being said, 6/24/83, 9/2/83, and 9/8/83 are all amazing for later versions.

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Poster: wisconsindead Date: Dec 23, 2011 10:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 1979 Help!

thats surprising deniro. I figured you would be siding with me on this one. I think that extra measure is what really does it for me. Sure its only 20 more seconds or w.e, but i sure do enjoy it. Those early BEWs definitely have a stronger country vibe, like jack straw had early on that they lost as the years went on. Though I think J straw and BEW got better with the jam built up.